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Landlords, Remember These Important Heating Rules

- 4:08 pm - December 14th, 2015


This unusually warm December weather is a welcome reward for New Yorkers who endured last winter’s frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall. But if you’re a landlord for property in New York City, make sure the spring-like weather doesn’t trick you into forgetting about The City Housing Maintenance Code and State Multiple Dwelling Law in case the temperature suddenly drops. Between October 1st and May 31st (the designated "heating season"), building owners are required to provide tenants with heat under the following conditions:

  • Between 6:00 AM and 10:00 PM, if the outside temperature falls below 55°, the inside temperature is required to be at least 68°. 
  • Between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM, if the temperature outside falls below 40°, the inside temperature is required to be at least 55°.

Any landlord who does not follow these guidelines is subject to civil penalties of up to $1,000/day. For more information, visit the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development website.

Contact your local heating oil dealer for more information about the city’s heating rules.